Years of debate, no results. We have been arguing about how we, humans, should feed ourselves for years. Vegetarians support the idea that we should avoid meat for plenty of reasons including philosophical and ecological ones. Meat eaters suggest that human body cannot live without the intake of proteins obtained from meats. We are curious about your opinion in this endless debate: are you vegetarian or meat eater?
Vegetarian or Meat Eater: Philosophical Side
Vegetarians, vegans or in general, “meat avoiders” base their stance on the idea of not torturing an animal. In other words, meat avoiders do not want themselves to be a part of killing animals for food. The history of vegetarianism goes back to Ancient Greek and Ancient Egyptian civilizations. For example, in ancient Greece, a famous philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras identified himself as a vegetarian. In recent years, the vegetarian movement sped up and it is getting more attention than before. While vegetarians think eating meat is murder, meat eaters oppose this idea. They think eating meat is crucial for its nutritional values. Meat eaters support their idea by giving examples from humankind history where we used to hunt for food. Yet, there seems to be a common point between the two sides: if we have to kill animals for food, it should be painless for the animal. Both meat eaters and vegetarians seem to support this idea.
Vegetarian or Meat Eater: Biological Side
Meat eaters advocate the idea that the human body needs proteins that are obtained through the consumption of meat. Actually, it is true that meat has most of the natural amino acids. With these, protein production could be both fast and efficient. On the other hand, vegetarians do not think that way exactly. Vegetarians state that all the protein types within meat could be obtained by means of consumption of vegetables and grains. This is also true if you consider biologically. All 20 amino acids that are used in protein production could be obtained from non-meat sources. Also, it is known that red meat consumption is correlated with incidence of cancer. Yet, biologically it can be recommended that we should have a balanced diet. If we try to balance our consumption of food, the health problems related to it could decrease in the long run.
As mentioned earlier, the debate between a vegetarian and meat eater is an endless one. We tried to show both sides’ opinions to you and wanted to hear your opinion. Tell us now which one are you: vegetarian or meat eater?